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Verdi: Otello

Jonas Kaufmann, Federica Lombardi, Carlos Alvarez, Antonio Pappano

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It has been a while since major studios gave up recording operas in studio due to a lack of investment and profitability. But the world-renowned reputation of Jonas Kaufmann has incited Sony Classical to record and produce this new version of Verdi’s Othello in studio in the “traditional style”. The work was produced over twelve days of session recording in the generous acoustics of the splendid Parco della Musica built in Rome by the architect Renzo Piano. It is no exaggeration when we say that this is a truly astounding version of Verdi’s masterpiece that stands shoulder to shoulder with the legendary versions of the flamboyant Toscanini (1947), the winning trio Vickers-Rysanek-Gobbi of Serafin (1960) and also the electrifying live performance of Carlos Kleiber (1976). There are of course many others of diverse merit but none so utterly satisfying.


Jonas Kaufmann has waited patiently before taking on the compelling title role, singing previously as Cassio in Chicago before playing Otello in London in 2017 under the passionate direction of Antonio Pappano (interpretation available on DVD). Here, the same conductor is at helm of the supercharged and on great form, Orchestre de l’Académie Sainte-Cécile in Rome. Alongside his strong, moving, impulsive and ultimately fragile depiction of Otello, Jonas Kaufmann is joined by Federica Lombardi’s sublime Desdemona and Carlos Álvarez’s solid take on the sordid, treacherous and conniving Iago. Liparit Avetisyan and Carlo Bossi, who play Cassio and Rodrigo respectively, provide this ensemble with a perfect harmony. The sound recording provides a great presence to this vocal and instrumental delight and does justice to the aggression and violent colouring of Verdi’s final drama as the composer proves more than ever to be a match for Shakespeare. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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Verdi: Otello (Giuseppe Verdi)

1
Atto Primo: Una vela! Una vela
Antonio Pappano
00:04:13

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Choir - Carlos Alvarez, Baritone - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Carlo Bosi, Tenor - Fabrizio Beggi, Bass - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer - Liparit Avetisyan, Tenor

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2
Atto Primo: Esultate! L'orgoglio musulmano
Jonas Kaufmann
00:02:14

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Choir - Jonas Kaufmann, Tenor, MainArtist - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer

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3
Atto Primo: Roderigo, ebben, che pensi?
Antonio Pappano
00:02:22

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Carlos Alvarez, Baritone - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Carlo Bosi, Tenor - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer

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4
Atto Primo: Fuoco di gioia!
Antonio Pappano
00:02:40

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Choir - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer

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5
Atto Primo: Roderigo, bevviam!
Antonio Pappano
00:01:18

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Choir - Carlos Alvarez, Baritone - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Carlo Bosi, Tenor - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer - Liparit Avetisyan, Tenor

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6
Atto Primo: Innaffia l'ugola!
Antonio Pappano
00:03:56

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Choir - Carlos Alvarez, Baritone - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Carlo Bosi, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer - Liparit Avetisyan, Tenor

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7
Atto Primo: Capitano, v'attende la fazione ai baluardi
Antonio Pappano
00:01:14

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Choir - Carlos Alvarez, Baritone - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Carlo Bosi, AssociatedPerformer - Fabrizio Beggi, Bass - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer - Liparit Avetisyan, Tenor

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8
Atto Primo: Abbasso le spade!
Jonas Kaufmann
00:03:11

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Jonas Kaufmann, Tenor, MainArtist - Carlos Alvarez, Baritone - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Fabrizio Beggi, Bass - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer - Liparit Avetisyan, Tenor

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9
Atto Primo: Già nella notte densa
Jonas Kaufmann
00:10:07

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Jonas Kaufmann, Tenor, MainArtist - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer - Federica Lombardi, Soprano

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10
Atto Secondo: Non ti crucciar
Antonio Pappano
00:02:20

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Carlos Alvarez, Baritone - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer - Liparit Avetisyan, Tenor

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11
Atto Secondo: Vanne! La tua meta già vedo
Antonio Pappano
00:00:27

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Carlos Alvarez, Baritone - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer

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12
Atto Secondo: Credo in un Dio crudel
Antonio Pappano
00:04:08

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Carlos Alvarez, Baritone - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer

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13
Atto Secondo: Eccola... Cassio, a te!
Antonio Pappano
00:01:17

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Carlos Alvarez, Baritone - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer

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14
Atto Secondo: Ciò m'accora
Jonas Kaufmann
00:05:06

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Jonas Kaufmann, Tenor, MainArtist - Carlos Alvarez, Baritone - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer

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15
Atto Secondo: Dove guardi splendono
Jonas Kaufmann
00:04:00

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Choir - Jonas Kaufmann, Tenor, MainArtist - Carlos Alvarez, Baritone - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer - Federica Lombardi, Soprano

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16
Atto Secondo: D'un uom che geme
Jonas Kaufmann
00:01:52

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Jonas Kaufmann, Tenor, MainArtist - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer - Federica Lombardi, Soprano

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17
Atto Secondo: Se inconscia, contro te, sposo, ho peccato
Jonas Kaufmann
00:03:09

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Jonas Kaufmann, Tenor, MainArtist - Carlos Alvarez, Baritone - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer - Virginie Verrez, Mezzo-Soprano - Federica Lombardi, Soprano

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18
Atto Secondo: Desdemona rea!
Jonas Kaufmann
00:00:41

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Jonas Kaufmann, Tenor, MainArtist - Carlos Alvarez, Baritone - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer

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19
Atto Secondo: Tu?! Indietro! Fuggi!!
Jonas Kaufmann
00:00:57

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Jonas Kaufmann, Tenor, MainArtist - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer

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20
Atto Secondo: Ora e per sempre addio
Jonas Kaufmann
00:01:03

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Jonas Kaufmann, Tenor, MainArtist - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer

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21
Atto Secondo: Pace, signor
Jonas Kaufmann
00:02:39

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Jonas Kaufmann, Tenor, MainArtist - Carlos Alvarez, Baritone - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer

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22
Atto Secondo: Era la notte, Cassio dormia
Antonio Pappano
00:02:18

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Carlos Alvarez, Baritone - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer

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23
Atto Secondo: Oh, mostruosa colpa!
Jonas Kaufmann
00:01:49

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Jonas Kaufmann, Tenor, MainArtist - Carlos Alvarez, Baritone - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer

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24
Atto Secondo: Sì, pel ciel marmoreo giuro
Jonas Kaufmann
00:02:35

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Jonas Kaufmann, Tenor, MainArtist - Carlos Alvarez, Baritone - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer

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DISC 2

1
Atto Terzo: La vedetta del porto ha segnalato
Jonas Kaufmann
00:01:29

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Jonas Kaufmann, Tenor, MainArtist - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer - Gian Paolo Fiocchi, Baritone

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2
Atto Terzo: Continua
Jonas Kaufmann
00:01:12

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Jonas Kaufmann, Tenor, MainArtist - Carlos Alvarez, Baritone - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer

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3
Atto Terzo: Dio ti giocondi, o sposo
Jonas Kaufmann
00:04:36

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Jonas Kaufmann, Tenor, MainArtist - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer - Federica Lombardi, Soprano

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4
Atto Terzo: Esterrefatta fisso
Jonas Kaufmann
00:05:01

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Jonas Kaufmann, Tenor, MainArtist - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer - Federica Lombardi, Soprano

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5
Atto Terzo: Dio! mi potevi scagliar tutti i mali
Jonas Kaufmann
00:03:28

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Jonas Kaufmann, Tenor, MainArtist - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer

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6
Atto Terzo: Ah! Dannazione!
Jonas Kaufmann
00:00:54

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Jonas Kaufmann, Tenor, MainArtist - Carlos Alvarez, Baritone - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer

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7
Atto Terzo: Vieni; l'aula è deserta
Jonas Kaufmann
00:00:44

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Jonas Kaufmann, Tenor, MainArtist - Carlos Alvarez, Baritone - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer - Liparit Avetisyan, Tenor

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8
Atto Terzo: E intanto, giacché non si stanca mai la tua lingua
Jonas Kaufmann
00:04:15

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Jonas Kaufmann, Tenor, MainArtist - Carlos Alvarez, Baritone - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer - Liparit Avetisyan, Tenor

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9
Atto Terzo: Quest'è il segnale che annunzia
Jonas Kaufmann
00:01:57

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Jonas Kaufmann, Tenor, MainArtist - Carlos Alvarez, Baritone - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer - Liparit Avetisyan, Tenor

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10
Atto Terzo: Viva! Evviva! Viva il Leon di San Marco!
Antonio Pappano
00:00:31

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Choir - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer

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11
Atto Terzo: Il Doge ed il Senato salutano
Jonas Kaufmann
00:01:14

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Jonas Kaufmann, Tenor, MainArtist - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer - Riccardo Fassi, Bass - Virginie Verrez, Mezzo-Soprano - Federica Lombardi, Soprano

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12
Atto Terzo: Messere, son lieto di vedervi
Jonas Kaufmann
00:01:47

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Choir - Jonas Kaufmann, Tenor, MainArtist - Carlos Alvarez, Baritone - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Carlo Bosi, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer - Riccardo Fassi, Bass - Virginie Verrez, Mezzo-Soprano - Federica Lombardi, Soprano

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13
Atto Terzo: Messeri, il Doge
Jonas Kaufmann
00:02:01

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Jonas Kaufmann, Tenor, MainArtist - Carlos Alvarez, Baritone - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Carlo Bosi, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer - Riccardo Fassi, Bass - Liparit Avetisyan, Tenor

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14
Atto Terzo: A terra! Sì, nel livido fango
Jonas Kaufmann
00:01:54

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Choir - Jonas Kaufmann, Tenor, MainArtist - Carlos Alvarez, Baritone - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Carlo Bosi, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer - Riccardo Fassi, Bass - Liparit Avetisyan, Tenor - Virginie Verrez, Mezzo-Soprano - Federica Lombardi, Soprano

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15
Atto Terzo: Quell'innocente un fremito
Antonio Pappano
00:04:08

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Choir - Carlos Alvarez, Baritone - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Carlo Bosi, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer - Riccardo Fassi, Bass - Liparit Avetisyan, Tenor - Virginie Verrez, Mezzo-Soprano - Federica Lombardi, Soprano

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16
Atto Terzo: Fuggite! - Ciel! - Tutti fuggite Otello!
Jonas Kaufmann
00:02:23

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Choir - Jonas Kaufmann, Tenor, MainArtist - Carlos Alvarez, Baritone - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Carlo Bosi, AssociatedPerformer - Fabrizio Beggi, Bass - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer - Riccardo Fassi, Bass - Liparit Avetisyan, Tenor - Virginie Verrez, Mezzo-Soprano - Federica Lombardi, Soprano - Gian Paolo Fiocchi, Baritone

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17
Atto Quarto: Era più calmo?
Antonio Pappano
00:03:56

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer - Virginie Verrez, Mezzo-Soprano - Federica Lombardi, Soprano

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18
Atto Quarto: Mia madre aveva una povera ancella
Antonio Pappano
00:00:51

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer - Federica Lombardi, Soprano

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19
Atto Quarto: Piangea cantando nell'erma landa
Antonio Pappano
00:06:44

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer - Virginie Verrez, Mezzo-Soprano - Federica Lombardi, Soprano

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20
Atto Quarto: Ave Maria, piena di grazia
Antonio Pappano
00:04:40

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer - Federica Lombardi, Soprano

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21
Atto Quarto: Chi è là?
Jonas Kaufmann
00:03:17

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Jonas Kaufmann, Tenor, MainArtist - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer - Federica Lombardi, Soprano

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22
Atto Quarto: Diceste questa sera le vostre preci?
Jonas Kaufmann
00:03:04

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Jonas Kaufmann, Tenor, MainArtist - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer - Federica Lombardi, Soprano

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23
Atto Quarto: Aprite! Aprite!
Jonas Kaufmann
00:03:19

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Jonas Kaufmann, Tenor, MainArtist - Carlos Alvarez, Baritone - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Fabrizio Beggi, Bass - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer - Riccardo Fassi, Bass - Liparit Avetisyan, Tenor - Virginie Verrez, Mezzo-Soprano - Federica Lombardi, Soprano

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24
Atto Quarto: Niun mi tema
Jonas Kaufmann
00:05:32

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Conductor, MainArtist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Jonas Kaufmann, Tenor, MainArtist - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Fabrizio Beggi, Bass - Chris Alder, Producer - Jakob Händel, Recording Engineer - Riccardo Fassi, Bass - Liparit Avetisyan, Tenor

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Album Description

It has been a while since major studios gave up recording operas in studio due to a lack of investment and profitability. But the world-renowned reputation of Jonas Kaufmann has incited Sony Classical to record and produce this new version of Verdi’s Othello in studio in the “traditional style”. The work was produced over twelve days of session recording in the generous acoustics of the splendid Parco della Musica built in Rome by the architect Renzo Piano. It is no exaggeration when we say that this is a truly astounding version of Verdi’s masterpiece that stands shoulder to shoulder with the legendary versions of the flamboyant Toscanini (1947), the winning trio Vickers-Rysanek-Gobbi of Serafin (1960) and also the electrifying live performance of Carlos Kleiber (1976). There are of course many others of diverse merit but none so utterly satisfying.


Jonas Kaufmann has waited patiently before taking on the compelling title role, singing previously as Cassio in Chicago before playing Otello in London in 2017 under the passionate direction of Antonio Pappano (interpretation available on DVD). Here, the same conductor is at helm of the supercharged and on great form, Orchestre de l’Académie Sainte-Cécile in Rome. Alongside his strong, moving, impulsive and ultimately fragile depiction of Otello, Jonas Kaufmann is joined by Federica Lombardi’s sublime Desdemona and Carlos Álvarez’s solid take on the sordid, treacherous and conniving Iago. Liparit Avetisyan and Carlo Bossi, who play Cassio and Rodrigo respectively, provide this ensemble with a perfect harmony. The sound recording provides a great presence to this vocal and instrumental delight and does justice to the aggression and violent colouring of Verdi’s final drama as the composer proves more than ever to be a match for Shakespeare. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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In Germany they have their own Michel Legrand: his name is Peter Thomas! His eccentric film music left its mark on a whole generation of viewers in the 60s and 70s and since the 90s he has often been cited and sampled by young pop groups. The cult composer passed away on May 17th, 2020. We met him three years earlier, on the dawn of his 92nd birthday.

Martha Argerich: The Untameable Pianist

For over 60 years the Argentinian pianist Martha Argerich has amazed audiences all over the world with her wild, impulsive playing and her constant risk-taking, overcoming every technical difficulty by turning each of her performances into a fascinating journey.

Bruno Walter, Memories of a Departed Legend

Listening to Bruno Walter’s recordings, in light of the splendid remastered editions published by Sony Classical, you tap into a truly humanistic culture. A tremendous conductor, music was his vocation, a way of life and an art of thought. His recordings have conserved his art vocal music, intense but never sentimental, thanks to a clear linearity complemented by a versatile rhythm, ensuring clarity, coherence and vigour.

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